PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.
Tonight in Anaheim, it’s legend vs. legend when Teemu Selanne’s Anaheim Ducks face Jaromir Jagr’s New Jersey Devils. Who wins in this one? Only everyone watching. (Ducks)
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You may not have noticed but, the Toronto Maple Leafs are now 8-2-0 at Air Canada Centre. (Toronto Sun)
Cory Schneider and Martin Brodeur are making it work on and off the ice for the Devils. (Fire & Ice)
Nathan MacKinnon looked up to Jonathan Toews growing up. Keep in mind Toews is just 25 years old when you re-read that sentence and pick your jaw up off the floor. (CSNChicago.com)
Detroit coach Mike Babcock has some nice things to say about Justin Abdelkader. (Detroit Free Press)
Stephen Gionta re-injured his ankle but he’s still hoping to play against Anaheim. (The Star-Ledger)
Are you worried how Team USA will fare on international ice in the Olympics? Chris Peters tells you to stop worrying and wave that banner high. (United States of Hockey)
The St. Louis Blues will look to improve their cushion in the Western Conference playoff race when they visit the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday.
You can catch the game on NBCSN (7:30 p.m. ET) or online with the NBC Sports’ Live Extra.
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Here are some links to check out for tonight’s game:
NHL On NBCSN: Blues look to slow down Blackhawks
Blues extend Berglund — five years, $19.25 million
Blackhawks’ Hjalmarsson ‘day-to-day,’ will not play on Sunday
The L.A. Kings have reportedly acquired goalie Ben Bishop from the Tampa Bay Lightning.
That is according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie and TSN on Sunday.
The news comes one day after Jonathan Quick returned to the Kings crease after a 59-game absence due to a groin injury and was solid in a winning effort versus the Anaheim Ducks.
The Kings are three points out of the final wild card spot in the West.
More to come.
Connor McDavid once again had that blazing speed of his on display. The latest victims? The Nashville Predators on Sunday.
The sophomore star scored his 21st goal of the season and league-leading 70th point thanks to a beautiful individual effort, putting his Oilers back into a tie game at the time.
McDavid picked up the puck just outside his blue line, accelerated to beat Roman Josi in the neutral zone, beat Ryan Ellis with a move and immediately snapped his shot home for the goal.
There was good news and bad news for the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday, as the club deals with an outbreak of the mumps.
First, the bad news: Head coach Willie Desjardins confirmed that forward Anton Rodin, defenseman Ben Hutton and trainer Brian Hamilton are now experiencing symptoms of the mumps.
Initially, five players — Troy Stecher, Chris Tanev, Nikita Tryamkin, Mike Chaput and Markus Granlund — had been affected.
The good news? Stecher, who had the first confirmed case of the mumps, was back on the ice Sunday for an optional practice, per the Canucks.
The Canucks, nine points out of a playoff spot in the West, host the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday.
The following day is the trade deadline, and the Canucks could be busy, with at least three players — Alex Burrows, Jannik Hansen and Ryan Miller — all mentioned as possible targets for other teams.
Speaking to TSN 1040 radio on Friday, GM Jim Benning didn’t believe the mumps outbreak would impact his plans leading up to the deadline.